David Wagner happy for football to take a back seat for ‘Big Sleep Out’

Huddersfield manager David Wagner believes some things in life are much more important than football.

The West Yorkshire club are currently raising funds for the homeless in their local community and will host the ‘Big Sleep Out’ at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday night.

Wagner spared a thought for the project during his press conference for Saturday’s home Premier League game against relegation rivals Swansea.

“I really like the idea to pay attention to what is really important and I’m very happy they created this idea and hopefully they collect a lot of money,” Wagner said.

“It’s important that even if we are in a big business where everybody is speaking about it, sometimes you think you and your football club is maybe more important than it really is.”

Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle, wife Janet and commercial director Sean Jarvis, all trustees of the club’s charity, the Huddersfield Town Foundation, are among fundraisers who will spend a night in one of the stadium’s stands.

“To show that there are much more important situations or circumstances in the community than football games – win, lose or draw,” said Wagner, who added Saturday’s game prevented him and his players from joining them.

“This is a great sign for everybody to show and we have to play our part. There are much more important things.”

Terriers midfielder Danny Williams, hoping to retain his place in the side against Swansea after starting in the last three matches, also wished the fundraisers well.

“We all know Dean’s a good guy, a good character,” said the USA international.

“Obviously he’s so close to the fans and the community, which is a really good thing – and I think you can see that every second Saturday at home.

“We know we have responsibility to give something back to the community, to the town and at the moment that is working really well this season.

“We feel there is a buzz around the whole club. I said it when I arrived from Reading. It’s a completely different atmosphere to what I’m used to and I really enjoy it.”